queen's gambit

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending December 2015 Membership Trial Vote

Carolyn Strock, PA

2015 Champion

Event History

2002 Buddy Sinigaglio 61
2003 Larry Lingle 59
2004 Brian Sutton 43
2005 Karl Henning 51
2006 Larry Lingle 48
2007 William Sparks 54
2008 Nick Page 55
2009 Brian Sutton 41
2010 Larry Lingle 43
2011 Bill Morse 46
2012 John Schoose 44
2013 David Gubbay 45
2014 Tom Strock 38
2015 Carolyn Strock 42


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Larry Lingle       PA    15    136
  2.  Brian Sutton       MD    14    117
  3.  Karl Henning       CT    13     66
  4.  John Schoose       FL    15     60
  5.  Bill Morse         VA    11     54
  6.  Carolyn Strock     PA    15     51
  7.  David Gubbay       TX    15     42
  8.  Thomas Strock      PA    14     42
  9.  Alex Bell          MD    09     39
 10.  Buddy Sinigaglio   ID    14     37
 11.  Marilyn Flowers    MD    14     30
 12.  Andrew Wilson      NJ    10     30
 13.  Nick Page          on    08     30
 14.  William Sparks     MD    07     30
 15.  Evan Cagwin        PA    15     27
 16.  Phil Rennert       MD    06     27
 17.  Sean McCulloch     OH    07     25
 18.  Ted Lange          GA    13     21
 19.  Keith Corbino      CT    12     18
 20.  David Platnick     VA    11     18
 21.  Rick Sciacca       FL    08     18
 22.  Lee Fitzjerrels    mc    04     18
 23.  Craig Moffitt      NJ    03     17
 24.  Greg Zegalia       PA    09     15
 25.  Ken Whitesell      PA    13     14
 26.  Tony Musella       NJ    09     12
 27.  Rob Flowers        MD    07     12
 28.  Seth Kirchner      KY    04     12
 29.  Chris Kizer        NC    15      9
 30.  Chelsea Sinigaglio NJ    04      9
 31.  John Pack          CO    03      8
 32.  Gino Sinigaglio    NJ    11      6
 33.  Micah Hultgren     CA    10      6
 34.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    02      4
 35.  Dan Stock          PA    10      3
 36.  Dan Dolan Jr       NJ    02      3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 2

Larry Lingle, PA

Evan Cagwin, PA

Chris Kizer, NC

John Schoose, FL

David Gubbay, TX

Past Winners

Buddy Sinigaglio, CO

Larry Lingle, PA
2003, 2006, 2010

Brian Sutton, MD
2004, 2009

Karl Henning, CT

William Sparks, MD

Nick Page, on

Bill Morse, VA

John Schoose, IL

David Gubbay, TX

Tom Strock, PA

The Force Requires Your Votes ...

In the 14th year of WBC Queen’s Gambit play, the field remained stable despite the handicap that the game is long out of print, cumbersome to transport, and hard to come by. It’s also about to become relevant again with the release of the biggest movie of the year as the seventh installment of the series hits the theaters. Nevertheless, some unfortunate scheduling resulted in a downturn in actual games played—dropping the event below the Century threshold for 2016—so it will need some membership love in the annual Membership Drive if the Force is to be felt at Seven Springs in 2016.

For the third consecutive year players did not complain about playing the Naboo. The game has displayed balance over the years.  32 preliminary games were played in three heats with the Trade Federation and the Naboo each winning 16. There is no time limit in the preliminary games and this usually slants the game somewhat towards the Naboo; however, as the results show, the preliminary game winners were evenly split between good and evil. In the time-limited playoffs, results favored the Trade Federation and they prevailed in seven of 11 games. Last year a statistical aberration occurred with the simultaneous elimination of Darth Maul and Obiwan Kenobi four times in 53 games: one attacked and killed the other and the dying defender reciprocated with a Light Saber riposte. This year, that event occurred once in 41 games.

This past year was the first time that the grueling, time-limited playoffs did not have a full field. As usual, the playoff schedule, with the 16 seeded opponents and alternates, was pre-posted on Thursday evening. In all previous years, more than 16 players have appeared for the playoffs and alternates have frequently moved into the playoffs when seeded players did not appear.  Unfortunately, only 11 players appeared this year. Later, when those on the playoff list were informed of the situation, they expressed dismay or as one remarked to his companion who was also on the list… “we screwed the pooch.” 

Special thanks are in order for Bill “General Grevious” Morse for his invaluable efforts as an Assistant GM with suberb organizational and clerical skills. Six former champions played, five advancing to the elimination rounds led by three-time champ Lawrence Lingle who emerged from the heats with a 3-0 record. With only 11 entering the elimination gauntlet, “Lord Vader” Lingle received a bye in the first round. Mayhem ensued. “Sidious” Schoose electrocuted “Plo Koon” Platnick, “The Hutt” Gubbay squashed “Bossk” Sutton, Evan “Piell” Cagwin mesmerized “Tusken Raider” Strock, Carolyn “Guri” Strock shorted out Robert “Power Droid” Powers and Chris “Count Dooku” Kizer amputated Marilyn “Purple Queen” Flowers.

The five survivors joined “Lord Vader” Lingle in a three-match Round 2 wherein Evan “Piell” Cagwin unremarkably dispatched “The Hutt” Gubbay as Anakin breezed through the Starfighter swarm to shut down the droids, “Guri” Strock used great shooting by the Battle Droids and Droideka to clear the Palace of Queen Amidala’s forces and “Sidious” Schoose had the misfortune of confronting his nemesis that “Filthy Meatsack” also known as “Lord Vader” Lingle. Lingle won, but the game went down to the wire as the two former champs fought a see-saw battle to the end.

The semifinals found only three survivors still standing in Round 3. At this point, it was necessary to add an eliminator to the mix to avoid a bye in the late stages. The GM, Buddy “Boba Fett” Sinigaglio randomly rolled his eliminator match versus “Guri” Strock. If the eliminator performs his function, the winner of the Cagwin-Lingle match would claim the crown and end the event a round early. The possible abbreviation was made mute, however, as “Guri” Strock was unfazed by the situation. Carolyn, playing Darth Maul, killed both Jedi in the Generator Core and Buddy’s attempts to slip Anakin into the Federation Control Ship were useless. In the other bracket, “Lord Vader” Lingle eviscerated Evan “Piell” Cagwin. Lingle, playing Darth Maul, killed both Jedi in the Generator Core and then ventured forth to slaughter a slew of Palace Guards and Captain Panaka.

The resulting title game paired three-time Champ Lingle vs Carolyn Strock, the sister of the defending champion. In a turnabout of Lingle’s last game, Carolyn, playing Darth Maul, killed both Jedi in the Generator Core and six Palace Guards on the first floor of the Palace. The final touches were provided by Carolyn’s Battle Droids as they picked off the rest of the Palace Guards and Captain Panaka on the upper floors of the Palace. The game was not a cake-walk, however, as Lingle drove Anakin to the last space before the Federation Control Ship before stalling next to a stack of Carolyn’s Starfighters.

Congratulations are in order for Carolyn “Guri” Strock, who not only trained her “little” brother to win the plaque, but also won it for herself. It should also be noted, that Carolyn is also the first young lady to successfully run Star Wars Queen’s Gambit gauntlet. 

The "Purple Queen"
Marilyn Flowers vs Kevin Lewis

Brian Suttom attacks the upper floor.
GM Buddy Sinigaglio [8th Year] NA
sinigaglio@hotmail.com 303-915-1515

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